Factors influencing the ultrasonic separation of oil-in-water emulsions

Latham J. Stack, Patricia A. Carney, Henry B. Malone, Thomas K. Wessels

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Ultrasound may have inherent shortcomings that preclude its ability to coagulate grease from wastewater, yet these may be overcome by the simultaneous application of electrolysis. We studied the role of pH, conductivity, temperature, ultrasound intensity and duration, and electrolysis voltage, current, and duration, in the study treatment. Conductivity was found to be the most significant factor, however interactions among the eight study variables are likely more important than individual factors. The proposed process was capable of removing up to 100% of grease from the studied wastewater.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-160
Number of pages8
JournalUltrasonics Sonochemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Acoustic
  • Coagulation
  • Oil-in-water emulsions
  • Separation
  • Sonoelectrocoagulation
  • Ultrasonic
  • Wool scouring wastewater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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